For the final exhibition in the series “Matters of Concern | Matières à panser”, curator Guillaume Désanges presents “Buildings in Belgium, Buildings in Oil, Buildings in Silk” by Scottish artist Lucy McKenzie, at La Verrière, the Brussels art space of the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, from January 21 to March 26, 2022.
“Lucy McKenzie’s work is deceptively decorative, with a seductive appeal, but beneath the meticulous virtuosity of her figurative, realist painting lies a complex, fascinating theoretical framework. Classical, baroque and modern references mix freely with motifs from popular culture and McKenzie’s own life. Her collages – collusive iconographies with subtle punk undertones – offer a critical examination of the status of imagery, both within and beyond the world of art. Like other ‘figurative conceptual’ artists who cultivate technical virtuosity in their chosen medium as a way to explore their own critical genealogy, Lucy McKenzie maintains a fertile ambiguity between theory and practice, form and substance, celebration and critique.” Guillaume Désanges